The Athletics Enter The Quarter Pole At .500: Its Better Than It Looks
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
The Athletics will enter game #41 at the record of 20 Wins and 20 Losses. Last nights win was a sigh of relief for the Oakland club and their fans.
After taking 2 out of 3 versus the New York Yankees in the Bronx last week, they were swept in Cleveland in a 4 game series (including that debauchery of a call by Angel Hernandez on the Adam Rosales Game Tying HR) – before losing two of three to the Seattle Mariners.
The A’s have seen their quick start of 12 -4 turn into a barely .500 season thus far at 20 – 20.
Yes the A’s are 6 – 0 versus the Houston Astros this season, that aside, the club has played some of the better clubs in the rest of the American League.
They have played series versus the Orioles, Rays, Tigers, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox and the Mariners are no slouch either. It is not easy to see them at .500 so far with these teams being the upper tier of the AL for the most part.
In fact, when you consider that Josh Reddick has not hit his weight this campaign, plus has an injured wrist right now, added with Yoenis Cespedes missing 14 games for the club and Coco Crisp 16 games… All of sudden .500 is not such a bad thing. The good news is that they have 60 Games left against a weaker AL West.
If they can survive 6 games with the Rangers and 3 versus the Royals in the next 9 – that will really say something.
The Athletics play 4 games versus the Giants at the end of the month – after another series with the struggling Astros.
The Starting Pitching is not seeing the same sort of results as the 2012 year. Jarrod Parker and Brett Anderson have losing record and plus 6 ERA’s. Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin have pitched pretty well – yet are only a combined 7 – 8. Bartolo Colon is 0 – 2 in his last 3 Starts – with 14 ER in 22 IP.
The Batting has been about what you thought the club would do. They are still 2nd in the league for Runs – and would probably be leading if it weren’t for those aforementioned injuries.
The Athletics started last year 23 – 32, before reeling off one of the best 107 game stretches over the last few seasons – going 71 – 36 to win the AL West. Are they capable of doing this again..likely not.
One thing you can’t dismiss is the Yoenis Cespedes factor when in the lineup. The team is 16 – 10 again this year with the big man from Cuba in the middle of the lineup. Last year, the team was 82 – 47 with the man. You are almost talking about .650 baseball with the guy. Well .632 anyway.
The Athletics are also 5 Games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, a club that was supposed to challenge for a World Series this year. The AL East and AL Central will also likely beat each other up in their Divisional play.
It is incumbent on this young team to keep playing great baseball within the Division. Win as many games as you can against the Astros. If they can secure 9 more wins in 12 games versus them, it could give the team a 6 game advantage on .500.
This team is still deep with talent that can HR and Walk. The magic is still there to go on a run at any time.
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Posted on May 14, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @chuckbooth3024 on twitter, A.J. Griffin, adam rosales, AL West, baltimore orioles, bartolo colon, billy beane, brett anderson, chris resop, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cleveland indians, coco crisp, cuba, detroit tigers, evan scribner, grant balfour, houston astros, jarrod parker, jed lowrie, jerry blevins, josh reddick, kc royals, la angels, new york yankees, ryan cook, san francisco giants, seattle mariners, texas rangers, tommy milone, yoenis cespedes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.